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Colorado, CO - RN to BSN Nursing School Program

Colorado RN to BSN programs are targeted programs which allow Registered Nurses to further their knowledge while they continue to work. They can be done during the evening and/or through distance education, and can be completed in as little as a year thanks to NLN Nursing Acceleration Challenge Exams. These standardized exams test current ability and knowledge and then place students based on their scores, allowing them to skip certain classes in some cases.

Not all educational institutions in Colorado offer RN to BSN degrees. But, with online options offered at schools like The University of Northern Colorado all it takes is internet access to complete an RN to BSN in the Rocky Mountain State. Requirements for entry are similar to other nursing school requirements, such as a minimum of a 2.5 GPA. And like an ADN or BSN, admission to general studies is required before applying to a nursing school. After acceptance into an RN to BSN program, students take courses in leadership, family health, community health, nursing research and theory community assessment and upper level electives that allow for further specialization of knowledge during an RN to BSN—topics such as health care law, community health education, pharmaceutical research and more, as well as electives from other fields of study that pique as student’s interest.

Colorado RN to BSN programs don’t have a cumulative final exam, but student’s must achieve sufficient grades for graduation—usually a 2.5 GPA or C average. The skills gained in research, critical thinking, and assorted specialized topics helps open doors in both public and private sector workplaces. Leadership and management skills offer the opportunity for advancement in current occupational settings as well. And while an average Registered Nurse’s salary in metropolitan Colorado is around $63,000 (according to, graduates of an RSN to BSN program have the opportunity to earn higher wages than those who lack a BSN—particularly when you consider that they will already have years of nursing experience under their belt working as an RN.